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Full name Thomas Marsden
Born date unknown
Date Christened June 11, 1805, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Died February 27, 1843, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Major teams Sheffield, Yorkshire
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast (underarm), Slow left-arm orthodox (roundarm)
Height 5 ft 8 in
|First-class debut||Sheffield and Leicester v Nottingham at Sheffield, Jul 24-26, 1826 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Marylebone Cricket Club v North at Lord's, May 31-Jun 2, 1841 scorecard|
Tom Marsden was a renowned hitter who made his reputation in the north and even had poems written about him. In 1828 he challenged any man in England to take him on for £50 in a single-wicket contest, but nobody accepted until Fuller Pilch in 1833 - Marsden lost both games easily, the second in front of 20,000 in his home town. His first-class debut in 1826 was memorable as he made 227 in eight hours for Sheffield and Leicester against Nottingham, and he made another hundred for Sheffield two years later. But his form in big matches failed to match his reputation - in 14 matches for England he did not pass fifty - and his best was behind him by the time he was 25.
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